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What's Next for FirstNet?

By Jessica Denson

All 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. leaders have opted-in to the state plans for FirstNet, a national public safety network. The FirstNet network will be a reliable, secure broadband network dedicated to public safety. It will help law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS save lives and protect communities across the United States. Now that there is national buy-in for the program the big question is “What’s Next?” The answer is that build out for the FirstNet network will begin with several key milestones and activities planned for 2018. Those include: ·         Expanding the...

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More Than 30 States Have Opted-in to the FirstNet Network

By Connected Nation

Utah just became the 31st state to choose FirstNet’s state plans. Once complete, the network will streamline communications and give first responders a way to communicate across agencies and county and state lines, so they can make better decisions for public safety and their communities. Recently, South Carolina governor, Henry McMaster has opted-in to receive the FirstNet and AT&T network. South Carolina first responders are ready for this wireless broadband network to strengthen the community’s safety and save more lives. The press release issuing South Carolina’s opt-in decision supports public safety workers’ voices for the need of...

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Why FirstNet?

By Connected Nation

This week Louisiana opted in to partner with FirstNet technology and AT&T. They are now one of the 24 states to make changes in their public safety efforts. As stated in FirstNet’s press release, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said, "The entire State of Louisiana will benefit from this decision.” “From natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes, to other planned events like Mardi Gras, hosting Super Bowls or other large sporting events, Louisiana has many unique times when communications systems can become strained. We will be working with our partners at FirstNet and AT&T on this communications network which means...

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FirstNet: Back to the Basics

By Connected Nation

FirstNet is the First Responder Network Authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. As stated on its website, “Its mission is to develop, build, and operate the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U. S. communities.” FirstNet is working to modernize the broadband experience for first responders nationwide so that they may effectively continue their work to serve the various areas of the United States. This unique organization began shortly after the attack on 9/11. The Commission Report after 9/11 stated that there needed to be an established network for fire, police, and EMS personnel...

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